You know that feeling you get when a car drives by and splashes you with a puddle of mud? Or when you wake up feeling like you were in a fight with a boxer last night (and you clearly weren’t)? There is no other cure when your feeling muggy or not your ‘normal’ self, than tomato soup. Specifically, my recipe for tomato soup. haha! Enjoy!
Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth (reduced sodium if you are using store bought)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low fat coconut milk (or you can use low fat milk)
  • 3- 14 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup low fat yogurt
  • Pepper to taste

Directions (Makes 5 servings):
1. In a medium sauce pan fry the onion on medium-high until translucent (about 7 minutes). Add chopped garlic and fry for an addition minute.
2. Add 3 cans of tomatoes and broth. Keep on medium high for about 10 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to low, add in coconut milk (or milk) and basil leaves for about 2-3 minutes.
4. Transfer soup to another bowl, let cool. Blend soup in batches until desired consistency. Add in yogurt. Add pepper to taste.
5. Heat soup on low for a few minutes and serve warm!

Taste:
My tomato soup is an addictive, creamy creation with a zip. I used coconut milk in this recipe to avoid adding sugar, but still keeping an enticingly sweet flavour and buttery texture to the soup. The most valuable ingredient (MVI) in this soup is the fresh basil leaves. The basil adds a gourmet aftertaste to a fairly simple recipe, similar to the way restaurants top a bowl of vanilla ice cream with a mint leaf and fresh berries. The fresh basil leaves add a little something, something! The yogurt calms the soup’s tangy taste, ceasing the acidic flavour provided by the tomatoes.

It’s about balance . . .
When you wake up in the morning and don’t feel like yourself or you feel a cold coming on, there are a few things you can do. First, make sure your drinking enough water. Second, be on your best eating behaviour! This means, putting lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein into the body! Making a soup is a perfect example of a nutrient dense meal, helping you get the nutrients you need to put up a good fight with a cold. Third, make sure you are getting an adequate amount of sleep (approximately 7 or more hours). Finally, don’t push the exercise. When you are feel a cold coming on, vigorous exercise can make things worse. So take it day by day and reanalyze how you are feeling before you start doing those mountain climbers again!If you have been feeling run down for more than a few weeks, it might be a good idea to keep a journal of how/when you are feeling strange or see your doctor if this is out of the ordinary. Our bodies let us know when something is ‘off’, it’s up to us to listen. 
Overall Recipe Rating: 4/5 Kiwis